New Orleans mayor travels to Qatar

Mayor LaToya Cantrell flew to Qatar to take part in an economic forum, the mayor’s office said Saturday.

DOHA, Qatar — Just days after returning from Canada, Mayor LaToya Cantrell traveled to the Middle East for a conference, according to the mayor’s office on Saturday.

According to, Cantrell joins mayors from Michigan and Florida in attending the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha, Qatar along with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar. The forum has been expected to cover economic development and climate change. 

Cantrell’s agenda also included discussing the two cities’ experiences hosting major sports events as Super Bowl LIX approaches. Doha hosted the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The mayor’s office did not immediately release any information about when Cantrell left New Orleans or when she plans to return. 

The mayor’s trip to the Middle East comes off the heels of a trip to Montreal, for a climate summit last week. 

“When you hear the reports of how climate issues are impacting emergency weather conditions, it is vital to have a collective mission to proactively plan for climate issues, because we are stronger together,” said Mayor Cantrell on Tuesday.

In 2022, Cantrell faced criticism for using city funds to pay for flight upgrades. Cantrell vowed that she would cover all future upgrades herself on domestic and international trips.

Cantrell has visited at least nine foreign countries, on four continents, during her tenure as a mayor. Since  In addition to Qatar and Canada, Cantrell visited the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Ghana, British Virgin Islands (U.K.), Switzerland and France.

Cantrell’s predecessor, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, visited at least six countries during his eight years in office.

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